Last week we had a girls night out at the Toronto Wine & Spirits Festival. We got a couple of our girlfriends together and headed down to the awesome outdoor venue Sugar Beach in Toronto to enjoy night of wine, cocktails and delicious food. Below are some photos of our adventure…
Join us on Instagram to see full size photos and more from the night. Clockwise from left: Some Barefoot Bubbly with a side of Dim Sum from Spring Rolls. The beautiful venue at Sugar Beach. A & N watch some experiments with liquid nitrogen and burbon. Caesar with Lemongrass Infused Vodka from Magic Moments Vodka. Chinese Pork Bun from Berkeley Events. A & N enjoying it all. Ginger Infused Watermelon Juice with Green Tea Foam from Berkeley Events. The best Pork Tacos from Milagro. A & N at Sugar Beach. Judging the Cocktail Throwdown. If you’re wondering, we picked the Caesar with Lemongrass Infused Vodka, the winner of the night !
If you know anything about the ladies behind delishsis, know this: the Billark sisters LOVE strawberries. To celebrate both the coming of strawberry season and our mutual love for them, we’ve decided to devote the rest of the month here at delishsis to STRAWBERRIES!
We have fond memories of going strawberry picking every June with our Grandmother, a tradition we still have today. There is nothing quite like the taste of a warmed by the sun, freshly picked, small, sweet Ontario Strawberry and that’s why we usually end up eating more in the field than we carry out of it.
Although sadly, this year we didn’t make it down to Niagara-on-the-Lake for this lovely tradition with Grandma B, we were thrilled that Whittamore’s Farm of Markham, Ontario set up a pop up strawberry stand in our neighbourhood on Roncesvalles at Westminster this weekend. The friendly people from Whittamore’s Farm are going to be there every day until the end of Strawberry season selling strawberries picked fresh each morning. Isn’t that so awesome ?!
We were busy all weekend creating and shooting sweet, savoury and spicy (yes spicy) Strawberry recipes made to showcase this glorious fruit. We can’t wait to share them with you in the days and weeks to come! Wondering what to expect? Well, we’re not telling you. You’ll just have to check back tomorrow!
Growing up in Niagara-on-the-Lake we were spoiled with the abundance of fresh local produce as well as fresh herbs and fruit from our own backyard. This was something I really missed when I moved to downtown Toronto in 2005 for University. I love cooking with fresh herbs and while my local markets have them year round, nothing is more rewarding than growing, cooking with and eating your own homegrown herbs and veggies. While growing produce in downtown Toronto might sound crazy to some of you, it’s actually quite do-able, even if you don’t have a backyard or large rooftop patio.
This summer marks the 5th summer of my urban gardening adventures and to celebrate, I’ve rounded up the some of my favourite small space garden projects and tutorials that I’ve found helpful and inspiring. Enjoy!
This is probably my all time favourite find for DIY garden projects. It’s perfect for growing herbs on a balcony if your space is limited or if you only get sunlight in a certain area. As a bonus, it looks good too! For full DIY step-by-step instructions head over to Fern Richardson’s Life on a Balcony.
Growing lettuce, arugula and other leafy greens in old containers is easy to do. Lettuce and baby greens are easy to grow and grow quickly so you don’t have to wait too long to reap the benefits. When growing in containers, I prefer to use wood containers as some plastics are not meant for growing food in and contain toxins can actually leach out into the soil and be absorbed by the plants you’ll be eating. Plus, a re-purposed vintage container (like the one pictured above) will look way better in your outdoor space. For step by step on this one, head over to apartment therapy.
If you happen to have a bakyard, the very best way to grow your veggies is in raised beds. We built one similar which is now home to lots of little tomato and pepper plants. For step by step on this one, and lots of other great growing tips head over to Sunset.
I hope this inspires you to get growing! Check back next week for some home grown herb recipes, straight from my garden.
What happens when creative thinkers and designers get to play with food as their medium? Well, it’s exactly the kind of thing you’d expect. Something exciting, inspiring and inovative. Below are some examples of designer food that plays with shape, pattern and colour in ways we’ve never seen before.
French Food Designer Emilie de Griottes plays with food and colour in this series of Pantone tarts she recently created for issue number 6 of Fricote Magazine. Using tart crusts as her base, she layered them with white icing, marked them with the exact Pantone colour and finally, layered on food (fruits, vegetables, candies, etc) to create these edible Pantone swatches in every colour of the rainbow. Aren’t they pretty?
Using the same cutting edge laser technology that fashion and accessories designers are using to bring us this seasons intricate lacey and eyelet details, I&S BBDO teamed up to create this series of laser cut nori for Umino Seaweed Shop in Japan. The legendary ad agency used classic Japanese patterns and symbolism (cherry blossom, turtle shell, rain drops, etc) to create these beautiful “Design Nori” in order to encourage sales for after the 2011 Tsunami. This makes us wonder how else lazer cutting technology can be applied to food and food products.
What happens when a German Ad Agency takes Design Thinking beyond the package? Probably one of my favourite examples of designer food! These Parmesan Pencils created by Kolle Rebbe are so fun! Basically you have a “pencil” who’s “lead” comes in 3 flavours (chili, pesto and white truffel) and who’s “shavings” and exterior are made of parmesan cheese! The package comes complete with a pencil sharpener allowing you conveniently sharpen your delicious parm pencil on top of your meal. Wait, it gets better! On the back of the package includes recipe suggestions AND a guage to tell you exactly how many calories you just shaved onto your salad. BRILLIANT!
Welcome to de-lish-sis where easy to make, delicious food come to meet stunning imagery and design. It’s a scrapbook of meals we’ve shared, unique flavours we’ve tried, design, photography and perhaps even the odd DIY project. We hope you enjoy!